Major League Baseball

2014 Avg.
.278
 
Career Avg.
.250
Name  Anthony Rizzo
Born  8/8/1989
Height  6-3
Weight  220
Number  44
Position  1B
Bats  L
Throws  L
9/12/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Friday that first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) will likely not return this weekend according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Rizzo hopes to play early next week. He has not played since Aug. 26.
 
9/9/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) took some light ground ball practice and a few swings in the cages, according to the team's site.
Insight: Rizzo (.278, 30 HR, 71 RBI, .889 OPS) hopes to return by the weekend. Chicago and fantasy owners have missed hit bat for too long. The left-handed slugger hasn't played since Aug 26.
 
9/6/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is dealing with a strained muscle in his back and under normal conditions would be on the 15-day disabled list, but with expanded rosters that wasn't necessary.
Insight: Rizzo shouldn't be expected back for a while. That's a big bat out of the lineup for Chicago and fantasy owners (.278, 30 HR, 71 RBI, .889 OPS).
 
9/2/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is still not in the starting lineup with Chris Valaika taking the spot in the field and Luis Valbuena in the cleanup spot.
Insight: Chicago pulled Rizzo from last Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and he's missed the last five games. That's a big bat out of the lineup for Chicago and fantasy owners (.278, 30 HR, 71 RBI, .889 OPS).
 
9/1/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Milwaukee.
Insight: Chicago pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and missed all of the Cardinals series over the weekend. That's a big bat out of the lineup for Chicago and fantasy owners (.278, 30 HR, 71 RBI, .889 OPS).
 
8/30/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is expected to sit out the entire weekend series with the Cardinals according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Chicago pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, and he has not returned. Hopefully, he can play on Monday. Chris Valaika looks to be the Cubs starting first baseman until then.
 
8/30/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is still not back in the starting lineup on Saturday due to back tightness.
Insight: The Cubs pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game as a precaution, but it has to worry fantasy owners that he still has not returned. Chris Valaika will once again start at first base.
 
8/29/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will not be back in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: Rizzo was reportedly removed from Tuesday's game as a precaution due to lower back tightness, but this is his third straight game he is missing. Chris Valaika is covering first base Friday.
 
8/28/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will continue to miss time due to lower back tightness.
Insight: Rizzo hit his 30th home run of the season against the Reds before leaving Tuesday's game, didn't play Wednesday and isn't in Thursday's starting lineup.
 
8/27/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is still out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Reds due to lower back tightness.
Insight: Manager Rick Renteria downplayed the injury after Tuesday's game. Chris Valaika replaced Rizzo on Tuesday and will start at first base on Wednesday. Rizzo hit his 30th home run of the season against the Reds before leaving Tuesday's game.
 
8/26/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday at Cincinnati, but he left with lower back tightness.
Insight: It was a precautionary move, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Rizzo became the sixth player in baseball to reach 30 homers this season.
 
8/26/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is having a great season, but his Tuesday matchup with Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto should be avoided.
Insight: Rizzo has a career-high 29 home runs and 70 RBI, but he's 1-for-15 (.067) against Cueto.
 
8/21/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: The successful appeal by the San Francisco Giants isn't a bad thing for fantasy owners of players on both squads. It means more at-bats.
Insight: More is better. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered in the first five innings and should get two more at-bats. With 29 home runs and 69 RBI, he's on his way to the best season of his career.
 
8/18/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and walk in Chicago's 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday afternoon. Rizzo scored the tying run in the sixth after hitting a double and his home run in the eighth put the Cubs ahead for good.
Insight: Rizzo struggled in the first three games of the series against the Mets going 0-for-10. This season though the first baseman is second in the National League with 28 home runs and 10th in RBI with 67. The Cubs return home for a series against the Giants starting Tuesday.
 
8/18/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and walk in Chicago's 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday afternoon. Rizzo scored the tying run in the sixth after hitting a double and his home run in the eighth put the Cubs ahead for good.
Insight: Rizzo struggled in the first three games of the series against the Mets going 0-for-10. This season though the first baseman is second in the National League with 28 home runs and tenth in RBI with 67. The Cubs return home for a series against the Giants starting Tuesday.
 
8/13/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for his second straight game Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Rizzo didn't hit one out of the park from July 23 to Aug. 11, but he's unlocked his power once again. He's second in the NL with 27 bombs.
 
8/13/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since July 22 Tuesday against the Brewers, and he's batted .450 in 20 career at-bats against Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Rizzo is 9-for-20 with two doubles and two walks against Lohse, Wednesday's starter. That makes Rizzo a good first base choice.
 
8/12/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since July 22 Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Rizzo hit eight home runs in a span of 12 games from July 7 to July 22 and at one point was the NL leader in homers, but he was stuck on 25 until Tuesday.
 
8/12/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a career 8-for-19 (.421) with four home runs and a 1.581 OPS versus Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
Insight: Rizzo is putting together the best season of his career (.278, 25 HR, 62 RBI, .873 OPS) though he's had a tough week, going just 4-for-22 in the past five games. This favorable matchup may reverse the current trend.
 
8/8/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo is back in Friday's starting lineup after a routine day off Thursday night.
Insight: Rizzo is two home runs behind Giancarlo Stanton for the NL league lead and is putting together the best season of his career (.281, 25 HR, 61 RBI, .890 OPS).
 

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